Entertainment / Arts

Nilmini wins Most Brilliant Performer Award at 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival for ‘Asandhimitta’

Views - 11 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Nilmini Sigera the lead actress of the film ‘Asandhimitta’ has won the Yakushi Pearl Award for ‘Most Brilliant Performer’ at the 14th Osaka Asian Film Festival concluded on 17 March in Osaka, Japan. Asandhimitta was entered under the main com


Billari Art Gallery officially opens

Views - 9 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

World-renowned Pakistani artist Jimmy Engineer, together with local artist Mueen Saheed, recently collaborated for the opening of Billari Art Gallery, in Colombo. The art exhibition and opening had many leading personalities and art lovers present t


Golden oldies from the Hindi silver screen

Views - 4 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre will present a musical evening ‘Jalte hain jiske liye’ – Golden oldies from the Hindi silver screen on 28 March at 6:30 p.m. at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Co


‘Black Wednesday’ at Margarita Blue

Views - 6 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

The Galadari Colombo’s Margarita Blue is organising ‘Black Wednesday’ with the ever-popular band ‘Black’ headed by Ranil Amirthiah on 27 March, 7 p.m. onwards. Make your Wednesday exciting by dancing the night away and enjoying the musical


‘Why? Saama’: Real life story played out by puppets on Saturday

Views - 31 Friday, 22 March 2019 00:00

All have a great opportunity to celebrate International Women’s Day and the World Puppetry Day with a real life story played out by puppets on Saturday 23 March from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the British Council Library. The performance is create


‘Kumarsutra,’ a night of hilarious comedy for a far greater purpose on Sunday

Views - 104 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Singaporean-born Anita Doraiis presenting a special one-night-only comedy show, ‘Kumarsutra’ on 17 March at the Hilton Colombo, in support of the Wheels for Wheels Foundation as a funding initiative to distribute wheelchair donations around the c


Kala Pola 2019 marks 25 years of John Keells sponsorship

Views - 11 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

‘Kala Pola’ – Sri Lanka’s popular annual open-air art fair unveiled in Colombo in an explosion of colour. The longest running visual art fair in the country, Kala Pola took place on Sunday, 24 February under the joint stewardship of Sri Lanka


Renowned Bharatnatyam exponents to perform at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre

Views - 7 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Renowned Bharatnatyam exponent from India Pavitra Krishna Bhatt will perform with his spouse Aparna Shastry Bhatt at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre auditorium on 18 March at 6 p.m. located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 7. Pavitra Krishna Bhat


‘Captain Marvel’ soars to $ 153 million launch

Views - 10 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com): Brie Larson’s “Captain Marvel” is soaring to a heroic opening weekend of $ 153 million in North America at 4,310 sites, reviving what had been a slumbering 2019 box office. “Captain Marvel” took in $302 million in


Wonder Park in 5 Lankan cinemas from today

Views - 11 Friday, 15 March 2019 00:00

Wonder Park, the 3D computer animated adventure film produced by Paramount Animation and Nickelodeon Movies, with Ilion Animation Studios handling animation, will be screened in five Sri Lankan cinemas from today (15 March). They are Scope Cinemas (


Savoy Cinemas secures exclusive distribution rights for ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’

Views - 8 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

The recently-rebranded Savoy Cinemas (formerly EAP Films and Theatres) secured the official distribution of Sri Lanka’s first-ever 3D movie in Sinhala, ‘Vijayaba Kollaya’ by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne. Produced by H.D Premasiri, ‘Vijayaba Kollaya


NDB opens latest branch in Arsikland

Views - 16 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

NDB – as the official sponsor for Feroze Kamardeen’s latest musical ‘Arsikland’ – now gives all Goodife Credit Card holders a fabulous discount of 30% off on the purchase of tickets for 31 March. GoodLife Credit Card holders can register vi


‘Asandhimitta’ to hit screens from 22 March

Views - 11 Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:00

Internationally-acclaimed Asoka Handagama’s latest movie ‘Asandhimitta’ will hit screens in CEL and Ridma circuit cinemas islandwide and Scope Cinema in Colombo City Centre from 22 Friday. Based on a novella by Saman Wickramarchchi, this mind-b


Sri Lankan filmmakers meet top Bollywood film production company in Mumbai

Views - 76 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Lanka Consulate General in Mumbai arranged an exclusive discussion between Dharma Productions, the largest film production house in Mumbai, and the Sri Lanka Film Tourism delegation on 23 February in Mumbai. The Sri Lanka Film Tourism delegat


Extend the season of love with a fabulous night full of laughter

Views - 15 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Here is an excellent opportunity to extend the season of love with a fantastic evening at the KUMARSUTRA Comedy Show presented by Anita Dorai. KUMARSUTRA will be held on 17 March and attendees will not only enjoy a great comedy show but also an epicu


Journey of a master

Views - 21 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

World renowned Pakistani artist who is also known for his humanitarian services for the less privileged in society and Mueen Saheed, a leading Sri Lankan artist who is celebrated internationally for his work, have joined hands to have an art exhibiti


Drummer Aruna Siriwardhana in endorsement deal with Yamaha, Vic Firth and Sabian

Views - 15 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

Veteran musician and virtuoso drummer Aruna Siriwardhana, a mentor to many young Sri Lankan musicians, has entered into an endorsement agreement with Yamaha Music Centre and its sister company Mike Audio for three leading global instrument brands, Ya


Savoy Cinemas screens Captain Marvel in English and Tamil for first time in Sri Lanka

Views - 16 Friday, 8 March 2019 00:00

The first female-led superhero movie in the Marvel franchise will be premiering on International Women’s Day, 8 March, at Savoy Cinemas. The movie will be screened in 3D and in both English and Tamil versions islandwide in more than 40 cinemas incl


Southeast Asia’s favourite comedian Kumar is taking the world by storm, one country at a time

Views - 121 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Kumar is hailed as one of South East Asia’s most iconic and respected performing artists, and a brilliant stand-up comedian. His unique brand of humour, a one-of-a-kind fusion of traditional and modern aspects of performing arts has been perfected


Cinnamon Life to present magic and mystery with iconic magician-mentalism duo, The Clairvoyants!

Views - 26 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

Bringing the best of talent and entertainment to the island once again, Cinnamon Life is set to present a magical show featuring the world-renowned magician and mentalist duo, The Clairvoyants. Taking place for one night only on 4 April at the Nelum


‘Green Book’ steals best picture Oscar, Colman and Malek are best actors

Views - 10 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters): Road trip movie ‘Green Book’ won best picture at the Oscars on Sunday, while Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron was chosen as best director for his sentimental film ‘Roma’. In an upset, Britain’s Olivia Colman got the best act


‘Shri Ranga’, the reclining Lord: A dance of devotion to Lord Vishnu

Views - 14 Friday, 1 March 2019 00:00

The Sri Shirdi Sai Trust of Sri Lanka, along with the trustees of Sri Varatharaja Vinayagar temple, Sai Nathanin Saranalayam, Kotahena, Colombo, have jointly organised a devotional classical Bharatha Natyam dance performance by Sri Pavithra Krishna B


15 foreign artists on goodwill mission

Views - 45 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

A visiting group of 15 international artists from 12 countries pledged part of the proceeds of its works done in Sri Lanka will go for charities in the island. Yoshita Ahmed, team leader who had come from Dubai announced here during a dinner banquet


MR plays cameo to save local movie industry

Views - 21 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

By Ashwin Hemmathagama – Our Lobby Correspondent Leader of the Opposition Mahinda Rajapaksa on Wednesday took up the cause of the local movie industry, and criticised the Government for neglecting the sector, which has led to increased production c


Musicians from all over SL unite for Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana Festival of Carnatic Music today

Views - 21 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo has organised the Sri Thyagaraja Aaradhana, an annual music festival paying homage to the great Carnatic music composer St. Thyagaraja Swamy, today, Friday 22 February, at 5 p.m. at


Bharatnatyam exponent and Yoga specialist to perform at Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre on 27 Feb.

Views - 18 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Colombo will be presenting Ishwarya Chaitanya, Bharathanatyam danseuse from India on 27 February 2019 at 6.00pm at SVCC auditorium located at 16/2, Gregory’s Road, Colombo 07. Ishwarya


No host? No problem: Queen, Lady Gaga bring Grammys vibe to Oscars this Sunday

Views - 20 Friday, 22 February 2019 00:00

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - There will not be a host and Sunday’s Oscars ceremony will not open with the traditional monologue in which celebrities and politicians are skewered. Yet, with rock band Queen, pop superstar Lady Gaga and two musicals in the


Kala Pola 2019 – Sri Lanka’s largest open-air art fair opens on 24 February

Views - 422 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Since its inception in 1993, Kala Pola – Sri Lanka’s largest open air art fair – has been enjoyed by a multitude of both locals and expats including a coterie of VIPs, celebrities, art connoisseurs and students. A panel discussion, which segued


“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’’ in 15 Lankan cinemas from 22 Feb

Views - 67 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Epic animated-adventure ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ will be screened in 15 Sri Lankan cinemas from 22 February. They are Scope Cinemas ATMOS screen, Liberty by Scope Cinemas, Savoy 3D, Savoy Premier Rajagiriya, Milano Kegalle, Ar


Finding peace through art

Views - 31 Friday, 15 February 2019 00:00

Art therapy is something that has a long history as an effective method of calming nerves and soothing the mind, and something that is sought after in today’s high stress modern environment. It has been defined as a form of psychotherapy that uses


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M.N. Nambiar: Birth centenary of Tamil cinema’s greatest screen villain

Saturday, 23 March 2019

Thursday 7 March this year was the birth centenary of Indian film actor Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar known to the world at large as M.N. Nambiar. The great Thespian who made a name for himself by acting in negative roles was hailed by many as the greate


An innocent utopian dream

Saturday, 23 March 2019

In an article published in the Daily FT on 19 February 2015, I predicted the trajectory of the ‘Yahapalana’ Government. In that piece of conjecture captioned ‘Maithri’s Mandate and Ranil’s Royalist Regency’ I said that Sri Lanka was witne


Historic betrayal of SLMC and ACMC

Saturday, 23 March 2019

It appears, according to a news report that the leaders of SLMC, ACMC and DPF during a meeting with President Sirisena to discuss constitutional reforms have “reneged on their promise to back the ongoing efforts to abolish the executive presidency


Playing with history

Friday, 22 March 2019

First of all, I was delighted to note a counter criticism ‘A reply to Victor Ivan’s ‘What went wrong with Sri Lanka?’ published in the Financial Times on 11 March in response to my article which appeared in the same newspaper on 22 February.


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